Local Food Updates

  • Island Food Circle Guide
  • Nettle chocolate chip cookies

IslandFoodCircle logo 3-8in copy Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula have a wealth of small farms producing vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy products. The Puget Sound area also has miles of shorelines and access to fresh and saltwater fisheries.  And there are a growing number of local food artisans creating fine cheeses, breads, wines and much more. Finally, we have an ever-growing list of restaurants and food retailers who include local food in their offerings. Look for the Island Food Circle decal on their door.

The distribution system hasn’t quite caught up with all of this local abundance, so buying it isn’t as easy

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Makes about 20 cookies

2 sticks of unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked nettles (squeeze out the cooking water and finely chop, it should look like frozen spinach)  
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400F. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt, then add to butter mixture, and mix

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Join a nationwide "Can-a-rama"

People are organizing nationwide to preserve the season’s bounty in a “Can-a-rama” on August 29 and 30. Canning classes and community canning events are scheduled all around the country for the two-day event. Sound Food would like to bring this “canvolution” to Bainbridge Island. If you’re interested in organizing, hosting an event, teaching a class, or even just participating in an August canning event, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We’ll use our website to help publicize events, and to share the wealth of information about food processing that’s available online.

The “Can-a-rama” idea was lauched by a group called “Canning Across America.” Their mission is to “promote safe food preservation and the joys of community building through food. We believe in celebrating the bounty of local and seasonal produce and taking greater control of our food supply. Together, we can.” Check out their website for more information about the August event, and for a great collection of recipes, a booklist, and links to information about canning and food processing. You can also follow @Canvolution on Twitter to learn more about canning and the event.

What's Fresh

Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market: Opens April 12, 2014
Poulsbo Farmers' Market  Saturdays: Opens April 5, 2014
Suquamish Farmers' Market: Opens April 16, 2014

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